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Weekly Homework


Weekly Homework

As a part of our curriculum, each student focuses on one reading homework activity each week called a “TIPS” activity. TIPS stands for “Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork” and requires your child to talk with you and share ideas in some sections of the homework. TIPS homework focuses on important reading skills: summarizing, causation, author’s purpose, and inference, and vocabulary. 

The TIPS activities will repeat throughout the school year. They will be handed out on Wednesdays and will be due on Tuesday of the next week. The assignments will be printed on two sides of one sheet of paper. When students write responses, remind them to write in complete sentences in a logical order and to edit their writing. Please note that TIPS are not the only type of homework your child will receive.

TiPS Parent Letter
TIPS Summary Homework
TIPS Causation Homework
TIPS Author Purpose Homework
TIPS Inference Homework
TIPS Vocabulary Homework
TIPS Comprehension Homework

TIPS: Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork

As with all homework, TIPS activities are linked to our school objectives. Of course, all homework is the student’s responsibility to complete. With TIPS, you are not asked to teach information to your child, just enjoy the interactions. Each assignment includes a “Home-to- School Communication” section at the end for you to send comments. This information will be used in thinking about future homework activities.

Homework is a vital part of education. Good assignments help students practice skills, share ideas, and take responsibility for their work and learning. Homework also helps you see what your child is studying in school. By completing homework, students have the best chance of keeping up with their work and succeeding in school this year.

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Need to practice inference? Here is a study sheet from Jim Burke of englishcompanion.com  80k v. 2 Jan 30, 2011, 6:11 PM Sheri Edwards
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What is the purpose for the text, ad, video, game, etc.? Include two details from the text to support your ideas.  Jan 30, 2011, 12:49 PM Sheri Edwards
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Causation: What is the cause and effect of the events in a story or text?  Jan 30, 2011, 12:23 PM Sheri Edwards
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Monitor your comprehension while you read. Why was the title chosen? What details from the story support it? If the author needed a new title, what could it be? What details support it?  Jan 30, 2011, 7:03 PM Sheri Edwards
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What is the missing information? How do I read "between the lines" to understand what the author means? What do I already know to help me understand? The text says; I say; So it means....  Jan 30, 2011, 1:45 PM Sheri Edwards
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Parent TIPS Homework Letter  Jan 30, 2011, 11:32 AM Sheri Edwards
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Summary Homework Template  Jan 30, 2011, 11:07 AM Sheri Edwards
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Class Vocabulary Work (not homework)  43k v. 1 Feb 9, 2011, 8:31 PM Sheri Edwards
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Choose interesting words to learn; choose words to describe your character or situation.  Jan 30, 2011, 6:29 PM Sheri Edwards
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